At the Ixtapa PATCO Junior Triathlon Pan American Championships, Carp, Ontario’s Joanna Brown led the way for the Canadian’s winning the Junior women’s race and her first international title.
After the 2 km run (the race was turned into a duathlon due to high surf), Brown and Ridenour controlled the pack during the 20-kilometre bike before Brown threw down a race best 16:17 5 km run time, allowing her to stop the clock at 57:24, giving her a 27 second victory over Mexico’s Adriana Barazza (57:51), and Christine Ridenour of Cowichan Bay, B.C. (57:58). Brown’s win makes this the fourth-straight time a Canadian has won the Junior PATCO Championship.
“This was a good race, but it was a little different for sure today without the swim,” said Brown. “This feels great to get my first major win but it is a little bittersweet because I want to prove myself in all three disciplines. Christine and I worked really well together and it was great to have the Canadians at the top.”
Other Canadians cracking the top ten were Quebec’s Amelie Kretz in sixth (59:31), Victoria’s Alison Hooper in seventh (59:42), and Saskatoon’s Gabrielle Edwards in eighth (59:49).
Ottawa’s Ian Donald almost pulled off another win in the Junior men’s event. However, he finished second to Mexico’s David Mendoza (52:09), just 11 seconds back. Mexico’s Juan Jose Lopez grabbed the last podium spot (52:31), only 3 seconds ahead of Saskatoon’s Joel Howlett (52:34) in fourth. Kingston’s Alexander Hinton was seventh (52:52) and Terra Cotta’s Taylor Reid finished eighth (53:09).
In the Elite races (ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup), Victoria’s Jeff Phillips, a member of Canada’s national development team, placed fourth in among the Elite Men (1:43:55), his best elite result to date. Phillips, the 2009 Canada Summer Games Triathlon Champion, was second after the opening 3 km run, rode 40 km with the main pack, caught a breakaway group at the 2 km mark of the run, and finished just shy of a podium spot. The USA’s Sean Jefferson outran (32:10) everyone to capture first place (1:42:26). Fellow American Seth Wealing was second (1:42:44), and Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales was third (1:43:36). St. Catherines’ Andre Paul Baillargeon Smith finished eighth (1:45.00).
“It was a good day, but I did really want to swim to see where I was at because I have made a lot of progress in the pool,” said Phillips. “I learned a lot from my races last year to be much smarter. I think I did that today and I have to be very happy with this result.”
Victoria’s Kyla Coates was the fastest Canadian in the Elite Women’s race, finishing in eleventh (2:05:51). A pair of Brazilians, Carla Moreno (1:59.01), and Vanessa Gianinni (1:59:43) finished first and second respectively. Mexico’s Dunia Gomez (1:59:55) was third.
Top 5 Junior Women
1. Joanna Brown (Carp, Ontario) 57:24
2. Adriana Barazza (MEX) 57:51
3. Christine Ridenour (Cowichan Bay, B.C.) 57:58
4. Kelly Whitley (USA) 59:00
5. Andrea Diaz (MEX) 59:26
6. Amelie Kretz (Quebec) 59:31
7. Alison Hooper (Victoria, B.C) 59:42
8. Gabrielle Edwards (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 59:49
11. Abby Miller (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 1:00:16
14. Rachel Edwards (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 1:01:09
15. Maghalie Rochette (Quebec) 1:00:18
17. Dominika Jamnicky (Port Hope, Ontario) 1:02:02
27. Rebecca Staynor (North Vancouver, B.C.) 1:06:14
Top 5 Junior Men
1. David Mendoza (MEX) 52:09
2. Ian Donald (Ottawa, Ontario) 52:20
3. Juan Jose Lopez (MEX) 52:31
4. Joel Howlett (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 52:34
5. Octavio Oliveros (MEX) 52:35.
7. Alexander Hinton (Kingston, Ontario) 52:52
8. Taylor Reid (Terra Cotta, Ontario) 53:09
17. Cole Stewart (Victoria, B.C.) 54:44
Top 5 Elite Men
1. Sean Jefferson (USA) 1:42:26
2. Seth Wealing (USA) 1:42:44
3. Crisanto Grajales (MEX) 1:43:36
4. Jeff Phillips (Victoria, B.C.) 1:43:55
5. Eligio Gervantes (MEX) 1:44:41
8. Andre Paul Baillargeon Smith (St. Catherine’s, Ontario) 1:45:00
20. Austin Horn (Victoria, B.C.) 1:47:15
35. Andew McCartney (Victoria) 1:59:32
Top 5 Elite Women
1. Carla Moreno (BRA) 1:59:01
2. Vanessa Gianinni (BRA) 1:59:43
3. Dunia Gomez (MEX) 1:59:55
4. Alejandra Diaz Fuentes Favia (CHI) 2:00:25
5. Flavia Fernandes (BRA) 2:02:17
11. Kyla Coates (Victoria) 2:05:51